Welcome to Secret Gardens of Sligo 2016

Our 2016 calendar is now on the website -  a summer of lovely garden visits ahead!

How does Secret Gardens work?
  • Instead of an admission charge, please make a donation to the garden's charity 
  • Some gardens also have plants, cards or other items for sale - this is separate from your donation
  • Check our quick calendar of opening times


As always, Secret Gardens of Sligo provides a wonderful opportunity for all garden lovers to do what they enjoy most - peek over a wall, sneak through a gate and explore an unknown garden to their hearts' content. These hidden gardens, large and small and in some wonderful settings, offer inspiration, ideas and tranquillity - a perfect day out.

Over the last six years, we have raised a wonderful €28,000 for the various charities chosen by the garden owners, and we would like to thank all the visitors who have made this possible.

This year, there are 10 gardens in total, some of the original founder members of SGS and others, newly joined this summer. We hope you will make a date in your diary to visit them all - gardens change and grow from year to year, so a garden you visited during a previous season probably has new things to offer this year.

And don't forget, each of our gardens is a completely different experience.
The Secret Gardens range hugely in size, style and content; they are generally works in progress and many have been created on a shoestring. Some are very old, others relatively new, but they all have this in common: their owners are passionate about them, and each one is the owner’s personal journey through horticulture and design, different plants and palettes, and how to make the best use of the site, soil and situation that chance has given them.
Each is a pleasure to visit!

  • If you are unable to visit on a garden's official open day, most are happy to open by special appointment, please telephone to ask.
  • If you wish to visit with a large group of people, please telephone in advance to confirm.
  • Children are welcome, but we request that they are supervised at all times.
  • Sorry, no dogs!
  • To avoid disappointment, please telephone ahead to ask if a garden is wheelchair accessible or not.

Secret Gardens and Bloom, the national garden show

‘Yeats’ Secret Garden in Sligo’ designed by Secret Gardens of Sligo member Lorely Forrester, was one of the large Concept Gardens at Bloom 2015, where it won a Gold Medal.
The garden, now re-located to The Model in Sligo, is open to the public.

Please ask staff at Reception for a leaflet about the Yeats garden, or find one in the all-weather dispenser at the garden site. 


The WB Yeats Rose

Have you heard about the NEW 'WB Yeats' Rose yet?
Click here to find out more

Our Sponsors

Secret Gardens of Sligo is generously supported by Ardcarne Garden Centre (Boyle), East Brothers Machinery Boyle, Feehily's Florist Sligo, Healy Plants Sligo, Henry Lyons Sligo, Homeland, Sligo Tidy Town and QuickCrop.ie with webhosting provided by www.hostireland.com


Welcome to our 7th season!

Why not visit a Secret Garden this weekend?


Catch this plant sale!


If you have any queries, please telephone the individual garden owner or contact Rosemary Kitchin
tel: +353 (0)86 3375741
email: kitchin.rosemary@gmail.com

or leave a message on Facebook:
Secret Gardens of Sligo

To see when our gardens are open, check our Quick Calendar


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